During Knoxville native Alexis Foster's time on the ABC singing competition "Duets," she found a thrill impressing Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles.
"I do look up to Jennifer Nettles, being from Tennessee where you're a little bit country whether you like it or not," Foster said with a laugh recently.
"I have a lot of friends who are fans of hers, and they always talk about how great her live shows are ... When I heard her (sing) on the show, I thought, 'Oh my gosh! She can really belt.'"
The singing contest had Foster, a recent University of Tennessee graduate, singing before Nettles, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. MTV personality Quddus is the host.
She sang with soul man Robin Thicke, one of her personal favorites.
"I know his music. I know his songs. He is really cool," she says.
"For my audition, I sang a Sam Cooke song. He's maybe someone that somebody from my generation may not listen to."
Once Thicke heard her singing Cooke, he clicked with Foster.
"I relate to Robin because I think he's a timeless artist," she says.
When "Parenthood" star Dax Shepard visits Knoxville in a few days for the screening of a movie, he'll be doing it in his own style.
Shepard will be driving into the town in a classic Lincoln, which he restored and uses in his new film "Hit and Run," being screened in Knoxville on June 7.
"Dax Shepard is an avid car guy," says Ken Foreman of Regal Entertainment, which is sponsoring the event. "His car will be on display in front of (the Regal Riviera Stadium 8)."
In the action comedy, Shepard plays a man on the run after his identity in the Witness Protection program is compromised. Kristen Bell (Showtime's "House of Lies" and "Veronica Mars") co-stars as his love interest.
The Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw collaboration "Feel Like A Rock Star" turned out not to be such a sensation after all, according to Billboard magazine.
While it made a spectacular debut at No. 13 on the Hot Country Singles chart in Billboard magazine, "Rock Star" only inched up two positions before peaking.
It was the first time in years Chesney failed to make the top 10 on the country music chart in Billboard. Given the hype of the tune and with McGraw in the mix of it, the song had a more than fair chance of skyrocketing. Says Billboard: "Most striking is that "Rock Star" peaked at No. 11 on Hot Country Songs after debuting six weeks ago at a lofty No. 13, the second-highest entrance of the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era."
Chesney and McGraw launch their joint tour today.
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